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Nice surprise on reading the log of 160m WSPR last night; i heard PY9MP exactly at my sunrise (04:29z)

2014-07-30 02:22 PY9MP 1.838095 -25 0 GH13dw 10 SM6WZI JO67mp 10417 30
2014-07-30 02:34 PY9MP 1.838097 -25 0 GH13dw 10 G8JNJ/A IO90hx 9238 32
2014-07-30 04:14 PY9MP 1.838097 -22 0 GH13dw 10 F59706 JN07th 9184 36
2014-07-30 04:22 PY9MP 1.838097 -22 0 GH13dw 10 F59706 JN07th 9184 36
2014-07-30 04:32 PY9MP 1.838097 -23 0 GH13dw 10 F59706 JN07th 9184 36

No more to say for this surprising and short event of the night. Only hopes to see again Everaldo in 160m wspr
with a bit more of EU station in his log. He managed to lower power to 5w with succes :
2014-04-18 02:08 PY9MP 1.838095 -26 0 GH13dw 5 F59706 JN07th 9184 36
2014-04-18 01:58 PY9MP 1.838095 -26 0 GH13dw 5 F59706 JN07th 9184 36
2014-04-18 01:58 PY9MP 1.838095 -24 0 GH13dw 5 OZ7IT JO65df 10261 32
2014-04-18 01:42 PY9MP 1.838095 -24 0 GH13dw 5 F59706 JN07th 9184 36

The daily total of 160m spots is falling rapidly. Other bands are now attractive even by night. It is time to summarize my 160m NA Rx Challenge: I logged 37 unique callsign of NA station (27 for the previous season) and here is the list with the output power:

The activity on 160m is always consistent from one week in particular on the period from 05:00z to sunrise. I spotted this night a new entry (W8CT). The 34th NA stations in my list.
As noted by Jim (WB5WPA) new stations come on 160m. In this respect, I welcome Jim (VE1RBR) for its recent arrival on 160m. In a few weeks he has already spotted all major European stations and even Leigh (VK2KRR). Good job, really FB station!!!
73 - Patrick

That night a highway was opened between Dan and Europe on 160m. A continuous signal throughout a night is rare.
Between 00:12z and 06:42z, I spotted KC2STA 47 times without missing period.
This is an opportunity to draw a graph to highlight the gray line near my sunrise (06:27z).

An hour before SR SNR was -22,
30mns before SR SNR is -11 or +11 db of gain!!
At SR SNR is still -14 to collapse then in few minutes (06:42z).

Dan was spotted by six other European stations: OZ7IT, SM6WZI, PA0O, CT1JTQ, G8JNJ/A, G3ZJG.

Since the beginning of the winter I'm mostly focused on 160m. With the arrival of my TS590 I wanted to verify its ability on MF instead of my Drake.
That first night of this winter was a success with 47 rx dx spots for 5 unique NA calls:
2014-02-08 03:32 WG2XIQ 0.475666 -28 0 EM12mp 1 F59706 JN07th 7991
2014-02-08 01:06 WG2XJM 0.475750 -26 0 EN91wr 5 F59706 JN07th 6206
2014-02-07 23:16 WG2XKA 0.475723 -27 0 FN33ir 1 F59706 JN07th 5619

The goal of my 160m season is already reached. After the latest night, my 160m Challenge of reception include 29 unique callsigns of North American stations. I finished the previous season with a count of 27. So I hope now to "blow up" this score because the period is not over.

I have a great pleasure to publish this list with the power to show the qrp spirit of all the station i heard.

Since September 2013 start date of my new season on 160m WSPR I was happy to know that Leigh (VK2KRR) came back to the 160m. I was a little impatient to spot again Leigh . The last time was on 25/04/2012 .....
Well last night, as we say in French "J'ai remis le couvert" (I've done it again) :

2014-01-21 19:24 VK2KRR 1.838101 -25 0 20 QF34mr JN07th F59706 16864 306

My daughters tell me that I was very nice throughout the year. So my request to Santa Claus is simple, I want to spot Leigh (VK2KRR) in 160m soon ... HI!!! I do not know but this season it does not happen ...
Merry Christmas to all,

On October 28 I had the chance to spot W1CK from west coast. Steve worked at this time with 5w. It was already a first one for me. This morning at sunrise, the conditions were great for a new hop between San Diego (West Coast) and Europe. I was not alone to take advantage of these conditions:
2013-12-22 07:16 W1CK 1.838159 -23 0 DM13ie 5 F59706 JN07th 9190 37
2013-12-22 07:16 W1CK 1.838160 -27 0 DM13ie 5 G8DYK IO85te 8410 32
2013-12-22 07:16 W1CK 1.838159 -25 0 DM13ie 5 PA0O JO33hg 8987 30

Generally, propagation conditions in 160m wspr between NA and EU are erratic. Similarly, an NA signal can be heard strongly somewhere in Europe and 500km away from there the signal is zero. Well, last night and around EU sunrise, Ian (N9XG) showed us something very different. Its 5w were heard continuously from 03:36z until 07:16z in a wide band from Goteborg (Sweden) to Valencia (Spain) by 10 European stations: The lucky ones are (fm north to South): SM6WZI, OZ7IT, G8DYK, PA0O, PE1MPX, GW0OAJ, G4BOO, DK6UG, F59706, EA5ZL. Congratulations to Ian (N9XG) for this wonderful session.

After days and days of a sad propagation 160m comes alive. And how! there were exactly 760 DX spots between NA and EU from 09:24z(11/28) to 08:22z(11/29). The last similar event dated of October 13 with 350 dx spots "across the pond". DX Stations were: WB5WPA, K9PAW, K9YWO, K9AN, W3PM, N2NOM, VA3MW, KC2STA, G8DYK, G8HUH, G3ZJG, G8JNJ/A, PA0O, PA0HCK, ON7KB, PA3MET, PE1MPX, PI4THT, OZ7IT, DK6UG , F59706.

On September 21, I spotted Steve (W1CK) on 80m WSPR. Happy, it was said that the next step was on 160m. Well! It's done this morning:
2013-10-28 06:32 W1CK 1.838159 -27 0 DM13ie 5 F59706 JN07th 9190 37
2013-10-28 06:46 W1CK 1.838159 -27 0 DM13ie 5 F59706 JN07th 9190 37

The west coast is a first time for me on 160m wspr. I must remember that this is Tom (G8HUH) which paved the way two days earlier:
2013-10-26 04:26 W1CK 1.838032 -26 0 DM13ie 5 G8HUH IO81mg 8651 36

After five days without dx from North American stations, signals timidly returned last night on 160m: thanks to Mike (VA3MW/P).
By cons, the performance goes to W1FVB who gave me the chance to decode twice while his power was reduced to 0.5w.
2013-10-09 02:34 W1FVB 1.838027 -26 0 FN44ej 0.5 F59706 JN07th 5467 59
2013-10-09 02:38 W1FVB 1.838027 -30 0 FN44ej 0.5 F59706 JN07th 5467 59
A first time for me on this band!

73 to all, Patrick

Yes really active. This morning between 04:08z and 06:04z no less than 50 dx spots "across the pond" with an beautiful and constant propagation, clean traces without qsb or qrn.
10 stations have benefited from these conditions and of course there is still room for new entrants during this magical time of sunrise. So come on guys,...

By my side, 6 NA stations spotted with a new one K7EA (Richard), bringing my Challenge score to 8 since aug-24/2013.

NA Callsign listing (pwr): VA3MW/P(5w), W1FVB(1w), WB5WPA(5w), VE3SWS(5w), K4RCG(5w), K9PAW(1w), K9YWO(1w), K7EA(5w).